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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Top aide reportedly gave Trump fake news | Talk of major WH shake-up | Deputy AG in the hot seat after Comey firing | Supreme Court won't hear appeal in NC voter ID case | National Chocolate Chip Day 

TALK OF THE MORNING -- ON THIS NEXT ACTION-PACKED EPISODE OF 'THE APPRENTICE,' WHICH? STAR? WILL? GET? THE? AXE?: White House press secretary Sean Spicer is the latest target of speculation over whom President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH aides intentionally compose Trump tweets with grammatical mistakes: report Holder: DOJ, FBI should reject Trump's requests Ex-Trump campaign adviser rips claims of spy in campaign: It's 'embarrassing' MORE will fire next. Why Spicer: Speculation that Trump is dissatisfied with Spicer's performance. White House's reaction: The White House has been quick to push back.

But maybe not just Spicer: Axios's Mike Allen reported over the weekend that Trump, "frustrated, and angry at everyone," is considering a big staff shake-up to reboot his administration. Who he's considering axing: Chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and press secretary Sean SpicerNow's the time to update those CVs, guys. 

It's Monday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.

MUST READ -- YIKES, OUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS WOULD BE EMBARASSED: Politico's Shane Goldmacher looked into how President Trump gets his news. The gist: Trump's staff slips news stories on his desk, but without much vetting. Scary example: "K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers ... Trump quickly got lathered up about the media's hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The ... cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that's circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it." Worth the read:

HAPPENING NOW -- TRUMP ON CAPITOL HILL: President Trump is giving remarks at the U.S. Capitol at a service honoring fallen law enforcement officers. Livestream of the event:  Here are some of the highlights:

Mic's Emily C. Singer: "'When they gave their lives on 9/11, I was there' Trump said..."

ABC's Ryan Struyk: "'​As long as I'm President, you will always find an open door to the White House,' Trump tells law enforcement officers."

CNN's Chris Cilizza: "'MS-13 is going to be gone from our streets very soon. Believe me.' -- Donald Trump"

BREAKING THIS A.M. -- IT'S A NO FROM US: The Supreme Court dealt a major blow to North Carolina's voter ID law by refusing to hear the case. What that means: Because the Supreme Court won't take up the appeal, it effectively kills the voter ID law, which can't be enforced. Background: The case was struck down in a lower court, when a judge found that North Carolina's ballot restrictions discriminated against black voters "with almost surgical precision." Was this expected?: No.

NOW IN THE CENTER OF THE POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, the controversy around President Trump's explosive decision to fire FBI Director James Comey has thrust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein into the spotlight. Rosenstein, a 27-year Justice Department veteran, was little known outside of government circles until last Tuesday.

What to watch this week: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief all 100 senators on his role in former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- DRINK EVERY TIME YOU HEAR THE NAME COMEY: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Cristina Marcos, after being out for a week and a half, the House will be back in session for the first time since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Expect that story to take center stage. Healthcare: Despite the Comey cloud, Republicans will plow ahead with one of their top priorities: ObamaCare repeal. Full look at the week

TRENDING OVER THE WEEKEND: An accidental tweet by President Trump quickly turned into a meme this weekend as users added their own endings to the single-word tweet. Tweet that was quickly taken down: "We" Some of my faves: 

Briefing jokes: "'The President's tweet speaks for itself.' -Sean Spicer, tomorrow"

To quote Taylor Swift: "... are NEVER, EVER, EVER / getting back to political stability in this country."

Lol: "In that moment, he became President."

FUN FACT -- IF YOUR HEART IS WORKING HARDER THAN AT RESTING PACE, THAT CAN'T BE GOOD FOR YOU, RIGHT?: Via The Washington Post's Rachael Rettner, "Trump thinks that exercising too much uses up the body's 'finite' energy."



The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Ned Oliver (Yikes.)
"Things are getting dark at Washington Post Magazine." Screenshot:

"Exceptional work, Millennials." Screenshot of his Google search:

President Obama's former Deputy Chief Alyssa Mastromonaco
​A​s someone who interviewed candidates for FBI Director, lemme tell you how insane the idea that they will find someone within a week is 



The House meets pro forma. The Senate will be in at 3 p.m.

1:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes.

1 p.m. EDT Tuesday: The Atlantic is hosting an event titled "On the Launchpad: Return to Deep Space." Details:



This morning: President Trump spoke at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the Capitol. Video:

12:30 p.m. EDT: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on President Trump's travel ban. Livestream:

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Livestream:

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence joins the swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Livestream:



Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!

MELISSA MCCARTHY SPICES IT UP: Actress Melissa McCarthy hosted "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, with a much-anticipated "Spicey" segment with her as White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Watch:

PLEASE RISE FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM: McDonalds released a fork designed specifically for French fries called "the frork." Video demo:

And for a little Monday motivation, here's a puppy trying its hardest to get up the slide. Keep going, little guy! 


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